Was Windows Vista THAT bad?

  • Published: 17 November 2018
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Comments • 17 881

  • Macias Alberto
    Macias Alberto  22 minutes back

    My first laptop came with windows xp but i dont have so good memories as i do with windows vista, vista was AWESOME, the aero and windows+tab feature was stunnig, idk why microsoft didn´t put aero in w10. Would be awesome.
    At least i can still running w vista as a virtual machine

    • CD27
      CD27  2 hours back

      Vista was the “Can it run Crysis?” of operating systems.

      • Gul Dukat
        Gul Dukat  6 hours back

        i still use the ''cave man stuff'' on windows 7, sadly the days are coming to an end :(

        • Dalmation
          Dalmation  12 hours back

          Windows Vista more like Windows Shitsta

          • Promethious B
            Promethious B  13 hours back

            I had no problems with XP,, a few with Vista,,,,but windows ten rocks...

            • YYC
              YYC  14 hours back

              What most people don't realize is that Windows Vista and Windows 7 are essentially the same operating system. But because of the blemish on the Vista name, what would have just been a major service pack for Vista was released as Windows 7.

              • Kevin Upchurch
                Kevin Upchurch  14 hours back

                I'm not sure what was scarier: the intro or Linus' segue into the sponsor spot...true horror

                • Windows XP 2.0
                  Windows XP 2.0  17 hours back

                  That voice scary 00:1 AS WELL HOW DARE YOU SAY WINS VISTA SUX

                  • New Message
                    New Message  18 hours back


                    • 1castellp
                      1castellp  21 hours back

                      yes. 2 second video

                      • Spark
                        Spark  23 hours back

                        My brothers Alienware pc from 2012 has windows 7. Specs: GTX 580 OC and I think i7-4790k? It was $1800

                        • Nate DS
                          Nate DS  23 hours back

                          *PLEASE PUT THE SPONSORS AT THE END*

                          • Mitchell R
                            Mitchell R  1 days back

                            I never thought it was that bad

                            • NoiseBomb
                              NoiseBomb  1 days back

                              Still love the wallpaper though.

                              • Horary Zappy
                                Horary Zappy  1 days back


                                • Rusi Rusev
                                  Rusi Rusev  1 days back

                                  3:41 Linux had that years before and it ran on very low specs thans vista's

                                  • Алексей Гриднев

                                    Also, I remember how me and my cousin somehow got a pirated beta of Windows Vista before its official release, and tried to install it on our old machine with Pentium 4. That thing apparently couldn't install if CPU ran too hot so we used a regular room fan to cool the computer 😀 it installed just fine, by some miracle, but when we ran Alcohol 120% on that (it was a program for burning CDs), the system just died and never recovered.

                                    • Алексей Гриднев

                                      *Some belated edit: Mac OS X had authentication mechanism while making important changes to the system right from the start, as any proper UNIX system does. It was NOT copied, as the video suggests, from Windows Vista UAC (if anything, it was the other way around).

                                      • mikey smikkelaar
                                        mikey smikkelaar  1 days back

                                        looking at title..... yes

                                        • Savingfoam
                                          Savingfoam  2 days back

                                          We Learned something new : Yes + No = Yo

                                          • Marcos García
                                            Marcos García  2 days back

                                            Why is Linus always touching his pocket. It is distracting

                                            • ursotedio
                                              ursotedio  2 days back

                                              Windows me was a real problem...

                                              • Terran
                                                Terran  2 days back

                                                I liked Vista, the design was nice and so was the Aero are the time but Windows 7 was definitely much better and hey you can even get skins to make Windows 7 look like Vista now so...

                                                • Foxtrot815 Jr
                                                  Foxtrot815 Jr  2 days back

                                                  i like vista better end windows 10 faster transfer speed windows 10 is so slow with ssd and hdd

                                                  • SACBart
                                                    SACBart  2 days back

                                                    you forget one thing "A LOT OF INPUT LAG"

                                                    • M. T.
                                                      M. T.  2 days back

                                                      Dad loved it ^-^

                                                      • nikulaye
                                                        nikulaye  2 days back

                                                        Installing Windows Vista...

                                                        • Ruckus
                                                          Ruckus  2 days back

                                                          video: *Dramatically says "winows... VISTA"*
                                                          ME: *screams and throws blanket over head sending popcorn everywhere. Proceeds to tremble with PCsd*

                                                          • Timber P
                                                            Timber P  2 days back

                                                            i had vista, i liked it on a crappy office pc. burnin rubber 4 was fun... too fun

                                                            • Павел Анатольевич

                                                              i remember using win me, it was like my first windows, in my first pc, i thought it was ok...

                                                              • TristenDoesGames
                                                                TristenDoesGames  3 days back

                                                                But I loved Vista!

                                                                • Sunil Koppuri
                                                                  Sunil Koppuri  3 days back

                                                                  Vista And 7 were used good. And, Vista started the trend of modern look computers

                                                                  • Arnav Kathuria
                                                                    Arnav Kathuria  3 days back

                                                                    I think windows is the worst operating system out there
                                                                    There are many good substitutes like
                                                                    Mac os
                                                                    Chrome os
                                                                    Bla bla

                                                                    • kushal. n rajasuba
                                                                      kushal. n rajasuba  2 days back

                                                                      Yeah but most things require windows. Not everyone just browses the web.

                                                                  • TheZombaslaya
                                                                    TheZombaslaya  3 days back

                                                                    I remember vista, I had a computer back in the day with vista, I really liked the layout of the home screen, visual animations and things. But oh my god that thing was so unpredictable, I would play flight sim x and half the time there'd be no sound.

                                                                    • jeremyc311709
                                                                      jeremyc311709  3 days back

                                                                      I used Vista for years. Never had an issue. Now Windows Millennium Edition was another story. Had to format and reinstall so many times

                                                                      • Anthony Smith
                                                                        Anthony Smith  3 days back

                                                                        Loved it!!!!.....best OS ever...🤭

                                                                        • Lord Sandwich
                                                                          Lord Sandwich  3 days back

                                                                          I couldn't stand Windows 7 because that damn window that nagged you to restart the computer every five minutes or it would take the law into its own hands and do it anyway, deleting all your unsaved work. If you ever actually did restart the computer though, it didn't help because another hour later, it would've completed another update that required a forced restart.

                                                                          When I was running Win7, I had a program called Shutdown Guard, to stop my computer from shutting down without my permission. Yes, I had already disabled the nag window, but it kept re-enabling itself at random. Shutdown Guard was great, but occasionally Windows would kill tasks before Shutdown Guard could stop it.

                                                                          TLDR; Windows 7 was almost as shit as Vista.

                                                                          • deathwing015 playz
                                                                            deathwing015 playz  4 days back

                                                                            win 10 sucks, it doesnt have space cadet and minesweeper off of first boot buuuut i downloaded emulator for space cadet and dl minesweeper from the store

                                                                            • arnis biders
                                                                              arnis biders  4 days back

                                                                              in some of next videos was me so bad

                                                                              • Paweł Z
                                                                                Paweł Z  4 days back

                                                                                Fun fact: some of the drivers from vista wroked in win 7 despite win 7 having its own drivers listed on a hardware support websites.

                                                                                • gris186
                                                                                  gris186  4 days back

                                                                                  I just really hated the warning messages.
                                                                                  Do you want to launch 0.exe? - *Yes*
                                                                                  Are you sure you want to launch 0.exe? - *Yes*
                                                                                  0.exe wants to connect to the internet. Do you want to allow access? - *Yes*
                                                                                  Are you sure you want to allow 0.exe to access the internet? - *OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!*

                                                                                  • Sam Takara
                                                                                    Sam Takara  4 days back

                                                                                    I would say that Games For Windows Live brought one innovation as a requirement: honest system requirements. And I still like it better than Origin or Epic Launcher.

                                                                                    • WillThePotato
                                                                                      WillThePotato  4 days back

                                                                                      Everybody gangsta until Linus makes the incomprehensibly large mistake of even thinking of uttering those signature yet dreaded words. The sentence which only Linus can harness the power of while not being disintegrated by the incredible impact of those words originating from a forgotten tongue. The words that... The words. Yes. It's all coming back to me now. A word...
                                                                                      *fRoM oUr SpOnSoR*

                                                                                      • sampa humeoli
                                                                                        sampa humeoli  4 days back

                                                                                        joke: terminator goes to the pc tecnitian and what he said to him? INSTALL VISTA BABY lol

                                                                                        • Oratio G
                                                                                          Oratio G  4 days back

                                                                                          The owner of a steakhouse round the corner told me he bought a new laptop and that he was going to throw his existing Windows Vista laptop away because he can't stand the slowness any more. I took it and installed the newly released Windows 8 on it. I saw Windows 8 for the first time and almost puked when I saw the UI. I searched the Internet and found Classic Shell software that changed the Windows UI to Windows XP, Windows 7 or whatever.
                                                                                          Suddenly I had a machine running at normal, if not faster, speed with a UI (with Start) I was familiar with.

                                                                                          • 420jahlion
                                                                                            420jahlion  4 days back

                                                                                            what made vista not run so well was most peoples hardware was not up for the challenge. when you add in all these new visuals its going to slow things down. all people had to do was turn off the new visuals and it ran as fast as normal.

                                                                                            • Алексей Черных

                                                                                              I still have Vista PC with Phenom 9950, 8 gigs of RAM and 32G SSD on SATA2. That is a machine...

                                                                                              • V.T. Proto
                                                                                                V.T. Proto  5 days back

                                                                                                For anyone who's too bored to watch this that wants a firsthand answer:

                                                                                                Windows Vista CAN be one of the best operating systems out there, depending on the hardware you run it on.